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SUVA, Fiji Islands (June 19, 2002 - PINA Nius Online)---The Suva-headquartered University of the South Pacific is combining some existing institutes into a new Pacific Institute for Advanced Studies in Development and Governance.

The university plans to establish itself as the ultimate authority on development in the Pacific Region, a news release said.

Discussions on the future roles of its seven institutes began in June last year. They involved management, heads of institutes and senior staff members with research interest in Pacific development, the news release said.

In a background paper tabled at the recent university council meeting in Niue, members were alerted to the rapidly changing domestic, regional and global environments.

The first step in amalgamating the institutes will be the merger of the Institute of Pacific Studies with the Institute of Development Studies.

The new Institute will conduct research, consultancies, short-term training and postgraduate teaching in a number of key areas.

During the second phase of the restructure, it is envisaged that another two institutes will be merged into the new institute. Possible candidates include the Pacific Institute of Management and Development and the Institute of Education.

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